Saturday, December 27, 2008

God's Will For Your Life!

What a busy month it has been for our family. We are finally settled in and getting into the new rountine of things. I want to start off by letting my readers know that I will try and publish new posts for discussion on Fridays. I also want to let churches in and around the Hill Country(San Antonio area) that I would love an invitation to teach or preach on Sundays. I have a driving and burning passion to inspire and equip believers in their spiritual walk.

I have been thinking lately about the will of God. It is my personal belief that God has a will for every soul. We hear over and over again in scripture that His will for our lives is perfect (Rom 12: 1-2) In Jeremiah 29:11 scripture say, "I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I have asked myself many times, how can I know truly what God's will is for my life?
Please consider these points as encouraging steps in surrrending to God:
I have come to believe that the first step in understanding the will of God for your life is for a person to completely surrender his life to God and trust in him. Then, secondly, I would then like to stress that the spiritual disciplines (prayer, fasting, study of His word, meditation) should follow. We must then seek the will of God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. Jesus reminds us that in Matthew 7:7 that one of the best ways to seek his will is in prayer: to ask, seek and knock. Persistance is a must in our lives. I would like to challenge every believer to allow God to reveal His will for your life. It is only in doing the will of God that we find true happiness and peace within.

So, why is it so hard sometimes for Christians to understand what the will of God is for them? Does God have the same will for all men? Does each believer have their own will in God? Have have you seen the will of God play out in your life? If so, how? Do we give credit to God when He is working out His will in our lives? What things blind us from clearly seeing the will of God? How can we live within his will?

What do you think?
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I'm Back!!!!!

I want everyone to know that it feels so good to finally be back to what I love and that is blogging. I want to thank all my readers for their prayers and encouragement during the move to Kerrville. We are moved in and the boys are adjusting very well to all the changes with new school, friends, church, house, and all the other stresses that come along with moving. We are so happy and thankful that they are doing so well.

Of course, my wife is extremely busy with papers and projects as she graduates in a little less than a week. We both think her new job is going to be a wonderful opportunity and a blessing to our family as she has many benefits that will help us all over time.

There are several job opportunities that I am currently pursuing. I know that God will provide and open the doors of opportunity that he desires for my life. God has never let me down and will provide opportunities to make a difference for his kingdom as I seek His will in my life daily. God has put in my heart the desire to write a book about what I have gone through in my life with the illnesses that I have gone through and overcome and the faith lessons that it has taught me over the last two years.

Again, I want to thank you readers for all you do and continue to do to strengthen my faith and help my relationship with God. God is so good. May we never forget all he does and continues to do in our lives from day to day.

I want each of us in this post to answer and discuss the subject of faith. I know the Hebrew writer gives the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1 and lets the readers know that in verse 6 that without faith it is impossible to please God.

So, how would you define faith to a non-believer? Is faith a gift from God or is it something that is instilled in all mankind or just those who have been "called"? Does faith in Christ save us? If so, why do some Christians want their own works to save them? What does it mean to have an active faith? Does faith lead to repentance? If so, how? Is it really possible to grow in our faith and if so how? Can we doubt even if we have faith? Can you think of men and women in the Bible who had faith yet doubted? When is it easiest for believers to doubt or loose faith? Can we loose faith? Are we saved by faith? Do athiests have faith? Is there more to faith than just believing in the Trinity? How do faith and works work together? If you would like to share with us, how has your faith devoloped and matured over time? Should there ever be a time where we stop growing and stretching our faith?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.